Index Creation - Crawl Start

This page ist available in the Index Control Index Creation via the address http://localhost:8090/CrawlStart_p.html and allows you to start new web crawls by creating a new crawling profile. In case an administrator password was setup you have to login as the administrator first.

Crawl Properties

Starting Point

The "Starting Point" at "From URL" defines the page where the crawl is started from (e.g.

Create Bookmark

This option works only if a "From URL:" was used as a starting point and automatically adds the URL as a bookmark.

Attention: The Recrawl settings are folder dependant You can change those settings in the file /DATA/SETTINGS/autoReCrawl.conf.

Crawling Depth

Set the depth for the crawl to define how deep the crawl should be.

A minimum of 0 is recommended and means that the page you enter under "Starting Point" will be added to the index, but no linked content is indexed. 2-4 is good for normal indexing. Be careful with the depth. Consider a branching factor of average 20; A prefetch-depth of 8 would index 25.600.000.000 pages, maybe this is the whole WWW.

Must-Match Filter

With these three options you can select how the crawler is accepting URLs:

Example: to allow only urls that contain the word 'science', set the filter to '.*science.*'.

Example: A crawl From URL: would also crawl and index all linked pages with the active filter .**

Example: A crawl From URL: would also crawl and index all linked pages with the active filter*

Must-Not-Match Filter

This filter must not match to allow that the page is accepted for crawling. The empty string is a never-match filter which should do well for most cases. If you don't know what this means, please leave this field empty.

Re-crawl known URLs

If you use this option, web pages that are already existent in your database are crawled and indexed again. It depends on the age of the last crawl if this is done or not: if the last crawl is older than the given date, the page is crawled again, otherwise it is treated as 'double' and not loaded or indexed again.


This option will automatically create a domain-filter which limits the crawl on domains the crawler will find on the given depth. You can use this option i.e. to crawl a page with bookmarks while restricting the crawl on only those domains that appear on the bookmark-page. The adequate depth for this example would be 1. The default value 0 gives no restrictions.

Maximum Pages per Domain

You can limit the maximum number of pages that are fetched and indexed from a single domain with this option. You can combine this limitation with the 'Auto-Dom-Filter', so that the limit is applied to all the domains within the given depth. Domains outside the given depth are then sorted-out anyway.

Accept URLs with '?' / dynamic URLs

A questionmark is usually a hint for a dynamic page. URLs pointing to dynamic content should usually not be crawled. However, there are sometimes web pages with static content that is accessed with URLs containing question marks. If you are unsure, do not check this to avoid crawl loops.


Store to Web Cache

Use YaCy as a proxy cache at the same time. So crawled and indexed pages are saved in the proxy cache to speed up the access in case of another request for the same page. This option is used by default for proxy prefetch, but is not needed for explicit crawling.

Do Local Indexing

This enables indexing of the wepages the crawler will download. This should be switched on by default, unless you want to crawl only to fill the Document Cache without indexing. The settings allows separate options for text and other media formats.

Do Remote Indexing

Here you can select who gets this "crawl job". If checked, the crawler will contact other peers and use them as remote indexers for your crawl. If you need your crawling results locally, you should switch this off. Only senior and principal peers can initiate or receive remote crawls. A YaCyNews message will be created to inform all peers about a global crawl, so they can omit starting a crawl with the same start point.

Exclude static Stop-Words

This can be useful to circumvent that extremely common words are added to the database, i.e. "the", "he", "she", "it"... To exclude all words given in the file yacy.stopwords from indexing, check this box.

Now just click on "Start New Crawl" and your YaCy server starts indexing this page. The progress of the crawl can be seen if you select Index Control - Crawler Monitor, or Index Control - Crawl Results from the menu panel on the left side.

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